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The Aging Population and the Health Sector

08 March 2014 - 08:11 PM

The population in the developed world is aging rapidly. Here's an excerpt from an The State of Aging and Health in America 2013:

The current growth in the number and proportion of older adults in the United States is unprecedented
in our nation’s history. By 2050, it is anticipated that Americans aged 65 or older will number nearly 89
million people, or more than double the number of older adults in the United States in 2010.

The rapid aging of the U.S. population is being driven by two realities: Americans are living longer
lives than in previous decades and, given the post-World War II baby boom, there are proportionately
more older adults than in previous generations. Many Americans are now living into their 70s, 80s, and
beyond. The leading edge of the baby boomers reached age 65 in 2011, launching an unparalleled
phenomenon in the United States. Since January 1, 2011, and each and every day for the next 20 years,
roughly 10,000 Americans will celebrate their 65th birthdays. In 2030, when the last baby boomer
turns 65, the demographic landscape of our nation will have changed significantly. One of every five
Americans—about 72 million people—will be an older adult.

These figures are pretty comparable to the rest of the developed world. Countries like China (one child policy) and Japan (population is actually decreasing because of aging + less children being born) are doing even worse.

Now, although the richer countries in the world may be decently equipped to handle the strains of an aging population, other countries are not. Here in New Zealand for example, no amount of government subsides or medical students will fix the problem. If we just throw more money in health, it's simply going to cripple the other facets of society. Think about it, if there's twice as many people over the age of 65, all things being equal there will be twice as many pensioners, twice as many people reliant on the government and their families, and less tax payers to support the system. The cost is simply too high. If we just train more doctors, there's still no guarantee that this will help the problem. This is an international issue, and there are plenty of other countries who are willing to pay a higher salary, with better benefits.

The average age of GP's here is around 50. GP's are the cornerstone of our health system. You can't even see a specialist without the referral of a GP here. It is impossible to get a same-day-appointment now, and the situation is only getting worse.

Great technological advances may eventually fix our problems, but what do we do about it in the mean time? Is there a way to get the public more interested in researching about health and taking more preventative measures? Is there a better way to promote exercise and good dieting? Tell me any ideas/thoughts you have.

Pre-Combine Mock -- Panthers Cream their Pants Edition

15 February 2014 - 06:05 PM

I didn't really plan on the mock turning out the way it did... it just happened. My favourite pick here is Pryor to the Jets. Rex just got an extension, and time and time again he's proven that he'll draft toys on defence over patching offensive needs. He whined publicly when they drafted a receiver in the first lol (Stephen Hill). Wouldn't be the first time we got lucky on draft day.


1. Houston Texans – Teddy Bridgewater QB

2. St. Louis Rams – Jake Matthews OT

3. Jacksonville Jaguars – Blake Bortles QB

4. Cleveland Browns – Johnny Manziel QB

5. Oakland Raiders – Jadeveon Clowney DE

6. Atlanta Falcons – Greg Robinson OT

7. Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Sammy Watkins WR

8. Minnesota Vikings – Anthony Barr OLB

9. Buffalo Bills – Eric Ebron TE

10. Detroit Lions – Justin Gilbert CB

11. Tennessee Titans – Khalil Mack OLB

12. New York Giants – Taylor Lewan OT

13. St. Louis RamsHasean Clinton-Dix S

14. Chicago Bears – Lois Nix III DT

15. Pittsburgh Steelers – CJ Mosley ILB

16. Baltimore Ravens – Mike Evans WR

17. Dallas Cowboys – Timmy Jernigan DT

18. New York Jets – Calvin Pryor S

19. Miami Dolphins – Zach Martin OT

20. Arizona Cardinals – Cyrus Kouandjio OT

21. Green Bay Packers – Darqueze Dennard CB

22. Philadelphia Eagles – Ryan Shazier OLB

23. Kansas City Chiefs – Stephon Tuitt DE

24. Cincinnati Bengals – Aaron Donald DT

25. San Diego Chargers – Kelvin Benjamin WR

26. Cleveland Browns – Carlos Hyde RB

27. New Orleans Saints – Kony Ealy OLB

28. Carolina Panthers – Marqise Lee WR

29. New England Patriots – Morgan Moses OT

30. San Francisco 49ers – Ra'Shede Hageman DE

31. Denver Broncos – Bradley Roby CB

32. Seattle Seahawks – Jace Amaro TE


Get on the bandwagon: Odell Beckham Jr

13 February 2014 - 06:15 PM

6'0, 4.4 speed (estimate), great ball skills, huge hands, fluid athlete... this guy has it all. This guy's my number 2 WR right now behind Watkins. Remember that it's still early in the draft process -- I expect him to be seen as a top 15 type of prospect when it's all said and done.


Our WR's can't get YAC's

25 September 2013 - 12:39 AM

Carolina Panthers: Of Cam Newton’s 580 passing yards, only 164 have come after the catch. That is 28.3% of his passes which is the lowest rate in the league. The league average is 46.3%.




Can someone do me a favor?

01 September 2013 - 04:11 AM

Does anyone have a vid/gif of Star rag-dolling the Ravens' Guard. I missed the game :(.



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